Just as a reminder, here is the known list of procedures Deron Williams had done on his ankles last season: Three PRP blood platelet injections, multiple cortisone injections in both ankles, and an anti-inflammatory injection before Game 7 against the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs (and likely at other points during the year).
Right after last season he had surgery on those ankles, which have held him back for a few seasons.
“[Before the surgery], I was just walking around and my ankles would swell up,” Williams said Monday at his charity dodgeball tournament in Manhattan, which benefited his Point of Hope Foundation. “Any time that happens, that’s bad….
“Last year was tough,” he said. “I missed all of training camp, most of the preseason. … I practiced one time, played nine minutes in a preseason game and was thrown into the fire at 60 or 70 percent.
“It’s definitely different this year, and I think it’s great. I’ll be able to participate in training camp. I’ll be practicing with the guys right now, and I’m able to play with the guys before training camp, which is great.”
If D-Will is healthy and ready to go at the start of the season, that is the first time since he came to Brooklyn. Which would be huge for him and them. If the Nets are going to be any kind of real threat they need the Utah D-Will that has only shown up in flashes in Brooklyn.
Him starting the year healthy would be a great start down that road.
But what they really need is those ankles to be healthy in December. And February. And late April. Those are the real tests.